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Megatron is mega-trouble


Megatron is mega-trouble

Jimmy Smith said Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is the most impressive athlete hes ever played against. Cary Williams called him a freak of nature.

Johnson, aka Megatron, ran past, above and around the Ravens secondary as the Lions beat the Ravens, 27-12, at M&T Bank Stadium Friday night in the Ravens second preseason game.

Johnson, the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder, finished the game with five catches for 111 yards in a little more than one quarter of work. He did most of his damage on the Lions first drive of the second quarter.

With the Lions facing first down at their own 7-yard line, Johnson blew past Williams and hauled in a 57-yard completion from quarterback Matthew Stafford down the left sideline. Two plays later, he made an 8-yard reception, and two plays later, he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass, jumping up and grabbing the ball from right above Jimmy Smiths helmet in the corner of the end zone.

You could throw the ball anywhere, and Johnson will go up and get it, Ravens safety Bernard Pollard said.

Added linebacker Ray Lewis: Listen now. Youre talking about a person who probably should be running track, but he chose football. He is a mismatch problem for a lot of people. The bottom line is youve just got to play him and make him earn his check. Today, he earned his money.

Johnson last year had 96 catches for a league-best 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdown catches. He parlayed that into an eight-year, 132 million deal with the Lions this past offseason that made him the highest-paid receiver in the league.

Hes definitely a freak of nature, Williams said, 6 (foot) 5, 4.3 speed that can run, jump. Ive never seen it. Hes an outstanding player, and theres a reason why hes being paid 100 million.

Fortunately for the Ravens, they wont see it again during the regular season. But the Ravens know they need to tighten up a secondary that has been roughed up by elite receivers two weeks in a row now in the preseason first by Atlantas Julio Jones (6 catches, 109 yards), and now by Johnson. This after cornerback Lardarius Webb in the offseason touted the Ravens as the best secondary in the league.

We say that we want to be the best, but we have to come out and play like were the best, Webb said after the game. It all starts in practice. I guarantee you that when we go back to practice, were going to work like were playing four quarters. Thats what we want to be. We want to be on top.

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.